Because the Wraith clearly wasn't exclusive enough already...
Are you sick and tired of your half-million dollar luxury coupe being just like your neighbour’s in the next mansion over? Or maybe the standard Wraith just seems too, well, dull? Well, Rolls-Royce must have thought so, because they felt the incredible urge to create a line of Bespoke Wraiths that elevate the already almost unimaginably luxurious Wraith – oh, and yes, that’s Bespoke with a capital ‘B’. When a plain, dowdy old wood and aluminum Wraith just won’t do, what you need is the Luminary Collection Wraith.
At the risk of being confused with the Lumina nameplate, Rolls-Royce nonetheless dared greatly by selecting such an esteemed and cherished title, but it was not without heartfelt inspiration. Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce supreme leader, commented, “Wraith Luminary is a stunning Collection Car. It speaks directly of our contemporary Rolls-Royce brand – progressive and trailblazing; the pinnacle in hand-crafted luxury.” Hmmm, think he’s still thinking about those comments by Aston Martin design chief Marek Reichman? Anyhow, he finishes by saying, “This is a motor car that celebrates visionaries who achieve eminence in their respective fields. Indeed, this collection is for the world’s luminaries.”
And in case we bumbling editors and writers can’t tell a Lumina from a luminary, they prefaced the the press release with the definition, which we will copy/paste here, just because we find it hilarious: “Oxford English Dictionary definition Luminary: 1) A person who inspires or influences others, especially one prominent in a particular sphere. 2) A natural light-giving body, especially the sun or moon.” Anyhow, you want to hear more about the car that you cannot afford? It’s painfully gorgeous and might make you cry over the obscene wealth you will never have to be able to afford it.
Okay, normally we don’t do this, but to honour the failed (or possibly moonlighting) romance novel writer that penned this press release, we attach it here in in all its glory and orgy of adjectives: “The heady shade of the golden hour’s sunrays inspire this newly developed exterior paint, Sunburst Grey. One is met by a flat grey that enlivens when awoken by the sun, rich copper tones, emitting a deep emotive warmth. Further intrigue is added by a hand-painted Sunburst Motif coachline, hand-painted Wake Channel Lines on Wraith’s bonnet and pinstripes applied to the wheel centres, each in Saddlery Tan, bearing reference to the colourway of the interior leather.
“Energy courses through this highly charged edition of Wraith. On opening the coach doors, one is met by a statement of modern luxury, as light flows from the front into the rear passenger compartment. The Collection’s defining feature, Tudor Oak wood, sourced from the forests of the Czech Republic, selected for its depth of color and the density of the grain structure, is for the first time, illuminated. The light of 176 LEDs permeates through an intricately perforated design in the unique Tudor Oak veneer, allowing a mesmerizing pattern, reminiscent of the trailing light of a shooting star, to luminesce at the touch of a button.
Linked to the controls of the starlight headliner, the cabin’s veneer surrounds Wraith’s occupants in an ambient glow of light.” Wow! That is something else. We're glad we could share that with you. Brought a tear to my eye. Maybe one day we'll grow up to be writers as effusive and emotive as the inspiring luminary that penned this opus to wood paneling. Anyhow, now that we’re done with that brief interlude from the theater of the absurd, do you want to know more about the interior? Or have you pretty much given up on life and realize what terrible decisions have led you to a life of regret and emptiness that will never be filled by the 1340 fiber optic lights in a Wraith Luminary Collection starlight headliner.
And those little lights don’t just sparkle in a boring old fixed pattern like a fancy-pants Lite Brite, no sir, the enlightened minds at the “Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective, a talented group of engineers, designers and craftspeople located at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex” have made little shooting stars streak across the firmament of the Wraith’s cabin, “a playful display of light that creates wonderment and awe for the car’s passengers.” And not to be forgotten is that the Wraith is a coupe, and therefore a driver’s car, so the shooting stars are clustered mainly over the front of the cabin, but let’s hope they don’t distract our lucky owner-drivers too much, leading them to run over the hired help.
Other details to savour include the front seats swaddled in “Saddlery Tan” leather, and in a nod to modernity, they’ve applied a woven stainless steel ‘fabric’ as a contrasting trim to the traditional leather and Tudor Oak, and it also serves to reflect and refract the illuminated wooden panels in the doors. And of course there’s an engraved, hand-polished stainless steel plate on the door sill. The Luminary Collection will be limited to a run of 55, which is certainly exclusive, and might be as exclusive as it gets from Rolls-Royce, considering they recently said they would no longer produce one-off coachbuilt specials to client specifications.